Sept. 26, 2002
ATLANTA – Mark Price, Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott and Matt Harpring, all first-team all-Americas who combined to lead Georgia Tech to nine NCAA Tournaments, three Sweet 16’s and one Final Four, have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced Thursday.
The 50-member team was voted on by a 120-member blue-ribbon committee that was selected by the league’s 50th Anniversary Committee.
Price, Anderson and Scott all played on Tech teams that won an ACC Championship, Price in 1985 and Anderson and Scott in 1990, while Harpring helped lead the Jackets to the conference regular-season crown in 1996. Anderson and Scott were part of Tech’s famed “Lethal Weapon 3” trio that led the Jackets to their only Final Four trip in 1990.
In ACC career annals, Harpring ranks 12th in points scored (2,225), Price 14th (2,193) and Scott 22nd (2,115) while Anderson ranks 12th in career scoring average (23.03).
As the first blue-chip recruit that Bobby Cremins signed for Tech out of Enid, Okla., in 1982, Price teamed with forward John Salley to begin Georgia Tech’s rise to national prominence, leading the Jackets to their first ACC Tournament victory in 1983, the National Invitation Tournament in 1984 and the ACC championship and the NCAA Elite Eight in 1985. He became the first freshman to lead the ACC in scoring with his 20.3 points-per-game average in 1983, earning conference Rookie of the Year honors.
Price went on to earn first-team all-ACC honors three times (1984-85-86), was the ACC Player of the Year and won the ACC Tournament’s Outstanding Player award in 1985, and was a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Awards in 1986. He finished his career in second place on Tech’s all-time scoring list and first in assists, and his No. 25 jersey is retired at Tech.
Scott led Tech to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons (1988-89) before Anderson arrived to help lift the Jackets to their second ACC title and a trip to the Final Four in 1990 while posting a school-record 28 victories. Scott was named National Player of the Year by The Sporting News and won the Naismith Award, and also was named ACC Player of the Year, while Anderson was named ACC Rookie of the Year and a second-team all-America.
Scott set Tech career records for three-point field goals made (351) and attempted (831) and shot 42.2 percent from beyond the arc in just three seasons. He finished his career in third place at Tech in career points, and ranks second in ACC annals in career three-point field goals and ninth in three-point percentage. He led the ACC in scoring with 27.7 points per game in 1990 and set the conference record for total points in a season (970).
Anderson was named national freshman of the year in 1990 while leading the ACC in assists (8.1 per game) and averaging 20.6 points per game. He earned consensus first-team all-America honors in 1991 while averaging 25.9 points and 5.6 assists, and scored a Tech-record 50 points against Loyola Marymount. He was a first-team all-ACC choice both of his years at Tech.
Despite playing just two years, Anderson ranks 14th in career points at Tech with 1,497, 10th in three-point field goals (351) and sixth in assists (831).
While Harpring’s Tech teams reached the NCAA Tournament only once, in 1996, it was a return to glory for the Jackets after beginning the season 6-7 and rallying to win the ACC regular-season crown with an all-time best 13-3 league mark. Tech reached the finals of the ACC Tournament and the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Harpring also led Tech to the NIT quarterfinals in 1998, his senior year, and came within seven points of becoming the Yellow Jackets’ all-time leading scorer. He finished with 2,225 points, which surpassed both Price and Scott, and also finished second in career rebounds with 997. He was named first-team all-ACC three times (1996-97-98), first-team all-America in 1998 and Academic all-America in both 1997 and 1998. His No. 15 jersey is retired.
Anderson has been playing in the National Basketball Association since 1991-92, and was traded to Seattle in the off-season. Harpring, a five-year NBA veteran who played with Philadelphia last season, signed with Utah in the off-season. Price and Scott have both retired after long careers in the NBA. Price is living in Duluth, Ga., and Scott in Orlando, Fla.
In the ballotting for the team, North Carolina led all league schools with 12 members on the Golden Anniversary team, while Duke was second with 11 honorees. Maryland had eight players selected, followed by Wake Forest (5), Georgia Tech and NC State (4), Virginia (3), Clemson (2) and South Carolina with one. The 50th Anniversary team includes:
** 17 players who earned National Player of the Year honors a total of 22 times.
** 27 players who earned consensus 1st team All-America honors a total of 38 times.
** 18 players who were three-time first-team All-ACC selections.
** 48 players were first round selections in either the annual NBA or ABA draft, including 9 players who were the first overall selection in that year’s draft.
** 7 players who earned Academic All-American honors.
Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech (1990-1991)
Consensus first-team All-American in 1991 … Second-team All-American as a freshman in 1990 … Member of Tech’s “Lethal Weapon 3” trio that took Georgia Tech to its first and only Final Four in 1990, as well as the 1990 ACC Championship … Also earned ACC Rookie of the Year and National Freshman of the Year honors … Holds Tech single-game scoring record with 50 points … Averaged 23.0 points and 7.0 assists per game in two seasons, and his 1,497 career points ranks 15th in Tech history … 13-year NBA veteran and second overall draft pick in 1991.
Shane Battier, Duke (1998-2001)
The 2001 consensus National Player of the Year … a unanimous first- team All-America honoree in 2001 … 2001 Verizon Academic All-American of the Year and a first-team Academic All-America selection in 2000 … won three consecutive NABC National Defensive Player of the Year awards from 1999-2001 … the sixth pick overall in the 2001 NBA draft … captain of the 2001 National Championship team.
Len Bias, Maryland (1983-1986)
Two-time All-America selection (1985 and 1986) who is Maryland’s second-leading career scorer (2,149) … Twice named the ACC Player of the Year (1985 and 1986) and was the MVP of the 1984 ACC Tournament … Consensus All-America selection as a senior and the No. 2 pick overall in the 1986 NBA Draft, taken by the Boston Celtics … Holds two of the school’s top five single season scoring totals, and ranks 10th in career rebounds (745) at Maryland.
Elton Brand, Duke (1998-1999)
Consensus National Player of the Year and first-team All-American in 1999 … ACC Player of the Year and unanimous first-team All-ACC performer in 1999 … ranked fifth all-time in field goal percentage in the ACC … first overall draft pick in 1999 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls … NBA Co-Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000 season … an NBA All-Star in 2002.
Tom Burleson, NC State (1971-1974)
A three-time All-ACC selection and the winner of two Everett Case Awards as the ACC Tournament MVP … A USBWA first-team All-American in 1973 … Teamed with David Thompson to provide a lethal inside-outside combination on the Wolfpack’s 1974 NCAA Championship team … Led the ACC in rebounding in 1972 and ’73 … A member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team … Ranks among the Wolfpack’s top ten scorers (1,598 points) and rebounders (1,066 rebounds) … Had 38 points and 13 rebounds in the finals of the 1974 ACC Tournament against Maryland … NC State compiled a 73-11 record during his three years on the varsity.
Len Chappell, Wake Forest (1960-1962)
Two-time first-team All-America selection in 1961 and 1962 … the first consensus All-American in Wake Forest basketball history in 1962 when he led the Deacs to their first and only Final Four … named to the 1962 NCAA All-tournament team after helping the Deacons to a third place national finish … named ACC Player of the Year back-to-back years in 1961 and 1962 … became the only player in ACC history to average more than 30 points per game for a season (30.1) in 1962 … a three-time first-team All-ACC performer … third place in Wake Forest history in scoring with 2,165 career points accumulated in only three years … third place in WFU history for rebounds totaling 1,213 … second place in WFU history for free throws (637) … went on to play for 10 years in the NBA … inducted into the WFU Hall of Fame in 1980.
Randolph Childress, Wake Forest (1991, 1993-1995)
An All-American selection in 1995 … a three-time All-ACC selection … broke the ACC Tournament record for points in 1995 with 107 points in three games … once hit nine three-pointers against UNC in an ACC Tournament game … finished with 2,208 career points, second in Wake Forest history … fourth all-time in the ACC with 329 three-point field goals … Wake Forest retired his #22 jersey … a first round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1995.
Billy Cunningham, North Carolina (1963-1965)
“The Kangaroo Kid” won three ACC rebounding titles in a row … Averaged 24.8 points and 15.4 rebounds per game … His career scoring average is second-best all-time at UNC … Three-time All-ACC and ACC Player of the Year in 1965 … his 15.4 rebound average is UNC’s best all-time … Had 22 double-doubles in 24 games as a junior and 60 in 69 career games … Member of Basketball Hall of Fame and 50 Greatest NBA Players.
Brad Daugherty, North Carolina (1983-1986)
Two-time first-team All-ACC and first-team All-American in 1986 … Set UNC record for career field goal percentage at .620 … Is still No. 3 in UNC and ACC history in field goal percentage … Is the eighth-leading scorer and sixth-leading rebounder in Carolina history … Averaged 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds and shot 64.8 percent FG as a senior … Just the second player in ACC history to average 20 points and shoot over 60 percent from the field in a season … No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft.
Charlie Davis, Wake Forest (1969-1971)
A first-team All-American in 1971 … selected to the All-ACC first team three consecutive years … ACC Player of the Year in 1971 as a senior … holds the Wake Forest and ACC career free throw percentage record of 87.3 percent … his 24.9 points per game is the best in Deacon history … played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers during his NBA career … now the athletic director at Bowie State … inducted into the WFU Hall of Fame in 1984.
Walter Davis, North Carolina (1974-1977)
Ranks ninth at Carolina with 1,863 points and 12th in assists with 409 … Posted a field goal percentage of 53.1 and hit 77.3 percent of his free throws … Played on teams that posted a 98-23 record and won two ACC championships … One of UNC’s best defenders ever … Hit one of the most famous shots in Carolina history, a 35-foot jumper at the buzzer which capped an eight-point rally against Duke in 1974 … First-team All-ACC, All-East Regional and All-Final Four in 1977 … Was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Johnny Dawkins, Duke (1983-1986)
National Player of the Year in 1985-86 … first two-time Consensus All-American in school history … school’s all-time leading scorer and second in ACC history … first player in Duke history to lead team in scoring four straight years … first-team All-ACC junior and senior seasons … 10th pick overall in 1986 NBA draft … current associate head coach at Duke … averaged 19.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his career.
Juan Dixon, Maryland (1999-2002)
Consensus All-America selection in 2002 and the Terps’ career scoring leader (2,269) … Led Maryland to its first national championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four … averaged 25.8 points in the 2002 NCAA Tournament and scored the most points by a player since 1989 … ACC Player of the Year in 2002 and one of only two Terrapins ever named first-team All-ACC in three consecutive seasons (2000, 2001, 2002) … Had five steals in the NCAA championship game to finish as Maryland’s career leader (333) … second in ACC history in steals and 12th in NCAA history … The only player in ACC and NCAA history with over 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200 3-point field goals.
Tim Duncan, Wake Forest (1994-1997)
A two-time first-team All-American in 1996 and 1997 … the consensus National Player of the Year in 1997 … became the 10th player in NCAA history to reach the 2,000 point/1,500 rebound plateau … ranks second all-time in NCAA history with 481 blocked shots … the number one overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft by San Antonio … named MVP of the 1999 NBA Finals after leading the Spurs to a title … Wake Forest retired his #21 jersey.
Len Elmore, Maryland (1972-1974)
Maryland’s career rebounding leader (1,053) and a 1974 All-American … Owns the school record for season rebounding average with 14.7 per game in 1974 … Three-time All-ACC selection, earning first-team honors in 1974 … First-round selection of the Washington Bullets in the 1974 NBA draft, but chose to sign with the Indiana Pacers of the ABA … enjoyed a 10-year pro career between the ABA and NBA … Upon completion of his pro career, he became the first former professional basketball player to graduate from Harvard Law School … He is a college basketball analyst with ESPN.
Danny Ferry, Duke (1986-1989)
National Player of the Year in 1989 … a first-team All-America selection as a junior and senior … named ACC Player of the Year and McKevlin Award winner for ACC Athlete of the Year for two straight seasons … first player in ACC history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists … the number two pick in the 1989 NBA draft.
Phil Ford, North Carolina (1975-1978)
One of college basketball’s greatest point guards … Perfected the “Four Corners” offense … UNC’s all-time leading scorer with 2,290 points and third in assists with 753 … Averaged 18.6 points and 6.1 assists per contest … Averaged 23.6 points per game in the ACC Tournament during his four-year career … Was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team which won the gold medal in Montreal … Wooden Award winner and three-time All-American (two-time consensus) … ACC Player of the Year … Three-time first-team All-ACC and two-time ACC Athlete of the Year … MVP of ACC Tournament as a freshman … One of five male athletes to win ACC Athlete of the Year honors twice.
Mike Gminski, Duke (1977-1980)
First-team All-America selection during the 1979-80 season … three-time All-ACC selection and ACC Player of the Year in 1979 … named ACC Co-Rookie of the Year in 1976-77 … set single-season record for blocks with 97 as a senior to finish with a school record 345 … the seventh overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft.
Horace Grant, Clemson (1984-1987)
ACC Player of the Year, Clemson’s only ACC Player of the Year ever in basketball … The ACC’s first “Triple Crown” winner, he led the ACC in scoring, field goal percentage and rebounding in 1986-87 (Tim Duncan is the only other ACC player in history to do that) … Shot 65.6 percent from the field, third best in ACC history for a season and third in the nation in 1986-87 when he led the Tigers to a school record 24 wins … First Clemson player to average over 20 points per game since Butch Zatezalo in 1969-70 … Second-team All-American by AP, UPI and Sporting News his senior year, just the second Clemson player in history to be a second-team All-American … Veteran of 14 years in the NBA, he has won three World Championship Rings … first-round draft choice in 1987.
Matt Harpring, Georgia Tech (1995-1998)
Came within seven points of becoming Tech’s all-time leader in scoring … Finished second with 2,225 points, which ranks 12th in ACC history … First-team All-American in 1998 … First-team All-ACC in 1996-1998 … Finalist for Naismith and Wooden Awards in 1998 … Academic All-American in 1997 (second-team) and 1998 (first-team) … Earned NCAA and ACC postgraduate scholarship awards … Second in Tech history in rebounds (997), first in free throws made and attempted … Career averages: 17.9 points, 8.0 rebounds … First-round NBA draft pick in 1998, NBA All-Rookie team in 1999.
Dickie Hemric, Wake Forest (1952-1955)
He remains Wake Forest’s and the ACC’s all-time leading scorer with 2,587 career points and leading rebounder with 1,802 career boards … also leads the Deacons in all-time field goal attempts (1,740), free throws (905) and free throw attempts (1,359) … won back-to-back conference Player of the Year awards in the ACC’s first two years of existence … one of the elite class of players in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points and grab over 1,000 rebounds … his 1,802 rebounds is the 15th-highest in NCAA history and his four-year totals for free throws and free throw attempts are still national records … after his career as a Demon Deacon, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics where he played for two seasons … his jersey #24 was the first to be retired by Wake Forest and was inducted into the WFU Hall of Fame in 1974.
Art Heyman, Duke (1961-1963)
National Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year as a senior … ACC Tournament MVP during 1962-63 season … three-time All-America honoree … named Outstanding Player at the Final Four in 1963 … led the ACC with 747 points in 1963 … first player taken in the 1963 NBA draft.
Grant Hill, Duke (1991-1994)
Street & Smith’s National Player of the Year in 1994 … National Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 … consensus first-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year as a senior … graduated as first player in ACC history to have over 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots … the number three pick overall in the 1994 NBA draft.
Bobby Hurley, Duke (1990-1993)
Consensus first-team All-American during senior season … finalist for Wooden Award given to National Player of the Year … set NCAA career assists record with 1,076 … first-team All-ACC in 1992-93 … named Final Four MVP in 1992 … the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA draft … recorded 1,731 points, 306 rebounds, 264 three point field goals and 202 steals in his career.
Antawn Jamison, North Carolina (1996-1998)
Unanimous National Player of the Year, ACC Athlete of the Year and ACC Player of the Year in 1998 … Fourth in UNC history with 1,027 rebounds and seventh with 1,974 points … Won ACC Player of the Week a record 12 times … First-team All-ACC in each of his three seasons … Led UNC to ACC titles and Final Four berths in 1997 and 1998 … Averaged ACC-best 22.2 points and 10.5 rebounds in 1998 … 1998 ACC Tournament MVP … Fourth overall pick in NBA Draft.
Bobby Jones, North Carolina (1972-1974)
One of the most complete players ever to play at Carolina … One of two players to lead the ACC in field goal percentage three times … Is fourth in UNC history in career field goal percentage at 60.8 percent … He averaged 13.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest for his career … Earned All-America honors from the USBWA and All-ACC honors in 1974 … Averaged 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior … Finalist last year for Basketball Hall of Fame induction.
Michael Jordan, North Carolina (1982-1984)
Arguably the best player to ever play the game … Consensus National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year and ACC Athlete of the Year in 1984 … Sporting News National Player of the Year in 1983 … All-American in 1983 and 1984 … Hit the game-winning shot in 1982 NCAA championship game … Averaged 17.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game … Played for U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning teams in 1984 and 1992 … Led Carolina to an 88-13 record.
Albert King, Maryland (1978-1981)
Two-time All-America selection (1980 and 1981) that ranks third all-time in Maryland history with 2,058 career points … Named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP in 1980 and was an All-ACC selection in 1979-80 and 1980-81 … Was the 10th overall selection in the first round of the 1981 NBA draft and played nine seasons in the league for the New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets.
Christian Laettner, Duke (1989-1992)
National Player of the Year recipient in 1992 … ACC Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year as a senior … ACC Tournament MVP as a senior and Final Four MVP as a junior … played on the USA “Dream Team” that captured the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain … third player taken in the 1992 NBA draft.
Jeff Lamp, Virginia (1978-1981)
First-team All-ACC selection in 1979 and 1981, and a second-team selection in 1978 and 1980 … first-team All-America selection in 1980 and 1981 … Most Valuable Player of the 1981 NCAA East Regional … an All-Tournament selection at the Final Four in 1981 … played in three National Invitation Tournaments (NIT) and one NCAA Tournament during his UVa career … helped lead the Cavaliers to the 1980 NIT Championship and the 1981 NCAA Final Four … served as team captain …l ed the ACC in scoring (22.9) in 1979, and in free throw percentage in 1979 (84.6 percent) and 1981 (86.5 percent) … ranks second on Virginia’s career scoring list with 2,317 points … averaged 18.8 points and 4.2 rebounds a game for his career, while shooting 49.2 percent (841-1710) from the field and 84.9 percent (635-748) from the free throw line … first-round selection by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1981 NBA Draft.
John Lucas, Maryland (1973-1976)
All-America selection in 1974-1976 and one of two players in Maryland history (Lucas and Juan Dixon) to be named All-ACC first-team three times (1974-76) … Ranks fifth all-time at Maryland with 2,015 career points and fourth in assists with 514 … As a team, the Terps finished ranked No. 8 (1973), No. 4 (1974) and No. 5 (1976) with Lucas at the point … Taken as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1976 NBA draft, playing 14 seasons … currently serving in his third NBA head coaching stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers … Also earned All-America honors in tennis and was a two-time ACC singles champion.
Tom McMillen, Maryland (1972-1974)
A three-time All-American (1972-1974) and a three-time Academic All-American that averaged 20.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in his three-year career … Led the Terrapins to the 1972 NIT Championship and was named tournament Most Valuable Player … Represented the U.S. in the 1972 Olympic Games, helping the squad earn a silver medal … A first- team All-ACC honoree in 1972 and 1973 … A Rhodes Scholar that was elected to the U.S. Congress from Maryland’s 4th district in 1986.
Larry Miller, North Carolina (1966-1968)
One of only two players to win MVP of the ACC Tournament on two occasions … He is the only Tar Heel and one of nine players to be named ACC Player of the Year twice … Scored in double figures a school-record 64 consecutive games and is still UNC’s sixth-leading scorer and 12th-leading rebounder … Scored 21.8 points and pulled down 9.2 rebounds per game … Led UNC to ACC titles and Final Four berths in 1967 and 1968 … First-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 1967 and 1968 … ACC Athlete of the Year in 1968 … Scored 32 points on 13 of 14 field goals vs. Duke in 1967 ACC championship game … ACC Tournament MVP in 1967 and 1968.
Rodney Monroe, NC State (1988-1991)
All-time leading scorer in school history with 2,551 career points … Selected as the ACC’s Player of the Year in 1991 … A first-team All-ACC selection in 1989 and 1991 … Earned first-team All-America honors from Basketball Weekly and The Sporting News in 1990 … Led the ACC in scoring and was seventh nationally as a senior, averaging 27.0 ppg … Made the All-ACC Tournament squad in 1988 and 1991 … Had a career-high 48 points, including 31 in the second half, to lead the Pack back from a 15-point deficit to defeat Georgia Tech in 1991 … Led the ACC and set an NC State single-season record by shooting 88.5 percent from the line in 1991 … As a sophomore, was absolutely phenomenal in the Pack’s win over Iowa in the NCAA tournament, scoring 40 points … Was an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News and AP in 1990.
Jeff Mullins, Duke (1962-1964)
Two-time All-America selection in 1963 and 1964 … received ACC Player of the Year honors as well as the McKevlin Award and ACC Tournament MVP accolades as a senior … teamed with Art Heyman to lead the Blue Devils to their first NCAA Final Four appearance … played on the 1964 U.S. Olympic team that captured the gold medal in Tokyo, Japan … fifth pick overall in the 1964 NBA draft.
Barry Parkhill, Virginia (1971-1973)
Selected the ACC Basketball Player of the Year and the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1972 … first-team All-America selection in 1972 and 1973 … first-team All-ACC selection in 1972, and a second-team All-ACC selection in 1971 and 1973 … All-ACC Tournament selection in 1971 and 1972 … served as team captain … led the ACC in scoring with an average of 21.6 ppg. in 1972 … holds the Virginia single-game scoring record (fourth in the ACC) with 51 points vs. Baldwin-Wallace on Dec. 11, 1971 … averaged 18.2 points and 4.1 rebounds a game for his UVa career … first-round draft selection by both the Virginia Squires (ABA) and Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) after his collegiate career.
Sam Perkins, North Carolina (1981-1984)
Carolina’s all-time leading rebounder and its second-leading scorer … One of only four Tar Heels to be a first-team All-American three times … Scored 2,145 points, grabbed 1,167 rebounds and blocked 245 shots … Consensus All-American and National Player of the Year finalist in 1983-84 … ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP in 1981 … Led Carolina to a 117-21 record … Starting center on 1982 NCAA champions team … He and Tim Duncan are the only players in the ACC Top 25 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage … Three-time first-team All-ACC … Earned three All-NCAA Regional Team awards … 1984 Olympian.
Mark Price, Georgia Tech (1983-1986)
Three-time All-American, including first-team honors in 1985 … Four-time All-ACC choice, including first-team honors in 1984-1986 … Finalist for Wooden and Naismith awards in 1986 … ACC Player of the Year in 1985 and ACC Rookie of the Year in 1983 … First freshman to lead the ACC in scoring (20.3 in 1983) … Won the Everett Case Award in 1985 in leading Tech to its first ACC Championship … ACC All-tournament in 1984-1986 … Scored 2,193 points in his career to rank third in Tech history, 14th in ACC history … Jersey No. 25 retired March 2, 1986 … Career averages: 17.4 points, 4.1 assists … Four-time NBA all-star who played 12 seasons in the league.
John Roche, South Carolina (1969-1971)
ACC Player of the Year (1969, 1970) … ACC Player of the Year Runner Up 1971 … All-ACC 1969-1971 … ACC All-tournament 1969-1971 … 1971 Everett Case Award (ACC Tournament Most Outstanding Player) – (Tied with Lee Dedmon, UNC) … Basketball News, Helms Athletic Foundation All American 1969 … Look Magazine, Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press (Second-Team), Coaches (Second-Team) All American 1970 … Basketball Writers, Sporting News, Basketball Weekly, Helms Athletic Foundation, NBA Coaches, NABC Coaches (Second-Team), Associated Press (Second-Team) All-American 1971 … Two-time Academic All American … Sophomore PPG 23.6; Junior PPG 22.3; Senior PPG 21.6; Career PPG 22.5 (1,910 points, 85 games) … Eight seasons professional basketball ABA-NBA (New York Nets, Kentucky Colonels, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets).
Wayne “Tree” Rollins, Clemson (1974-1977)
Third-team All-American for Clemson in 1976-77 according to Associated Press … Three-time second-team All-ACC selection … Clemson’s career rebounding leader with 1311, he is fourth in ACC history … Second ranked in ACC history in blocked shots with 450, first on a per game basis … Only Clemson player to average a double-double four straight seasons … Played 17 years in the NBA.
Lennie Rosenbluth, North Carolina (1954-1957)
1957 National Player of the Year … Was the scoring leader of UNC’s undefeated 1957 national champions … Holds UNC career (26.9) and season (28.0) scoring average records … Three-time All-ACC selection … ACC Player and Athlete of the Year in 1957 … MVP of 1957 ACC Tournament, NCAA Regional and Final Four … Consensus first-team All-American in 1957 … Averaged a double-double for his career (26.9 points and 10.4 rebounds) … Chosen by NCAA panel to All-1950s Team.
Ralph Sampson, Virginia (1980-1983)
Led the Cavaliers to an overall record of 112-23 during his career … three-time National and ACC Player of the Year … four-time first-team All-America and three-time first-team All-ACC selection … received three consecutive Rupp trophies, two consecutive Eastman Awards and two John R. Wooden Awards … ACC Rookie of the Year in 1980 … led the ACC in rebounding three times … played in three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT during his UVa career … helped lead the Cavaliers to the 1980 NIT Championship and the 1981 NCAA Final Four … Most Valuable Player of the 1980 NIT … served as team captain … holds UVa career records for rebounds (1,511), field goals made (899) and blocked shots (462), and ranks fourth on Virginia’s career scoring list (2,228) … selected by the Houston Rockets as the NBA’s number one draft choice in 1983 and went on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors.
Charles Scott, North Carolina (1968-1970)
One of the first black athletes to earn an athletic scholarship at a Southern university … Led UNC to ACC championships and Final Fours in 1968 and 1969 … Averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in his career … UNC’s fifth-leading all-time scorer … Three-time All-ACC … First-team All-American in 1969 and 1970 … Co-ACC Athlete of the Year in 1970 … Averaged 27.1 points as a senior and was an Academic All-American that year … Scored 40 points in the 1969 ACC Tournament finals against Duke … Named by NCAA Panel to All-1960s Team … 1968 Olympian.
Dennis Scott, Georgia Tech (1988-1990)
Third member of Tech’s “Lethal Weapon 3” trio that led Tech to the 1990 ACC Championship and Final Four … First-team All-American, National Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year in 1990 … First-team All-ACC in 1990 and third-team in 1989 … ACC Rookie of the Year in 1988 … Set Tech and ACC season scoring record of 970 points in 1990 … His 27.7 per-game average is second-best in Tech history … Scored 2,115 points in just three seasons, fourth-most in Tech history and 23rd in ACC annals … Holds Tech records for three-point field goals in a game, season and career … Career averages: 21.4 points, 5.3 rebounds.
Ronnie Shavlik, NC State (1954-1956)
1955 All-American: Associated Press (2nd), UPI (2nd), NEA (2nd), Collier’s (3rd), Converse (3rd) … 1956: Collier’s (1st), International News Service (1st), Look Magazine (1st), NEA (1st), Associated Press (2nd), UPI (2nd), Converse Yearbook (3rd), Helms Foundation (3rd) … The all-time leading rebounder in NC State history with 1,598 career boards … Led NC State to three ACC titles in each of his three varsity seasons … Averaged a staggering 19.5 rebounds as a senior … Set the school record with 35 rebounds against Villanova in 1955, while also adding 49 points … Scored 55 points against William & Mary in 1954 … Was named the Dixie Classic MVP in 1954 and 1955 … Named the ACC Player of the Year in 1956 and first-team All-ACC in 1955 and 1956.
Joe Smith, Maryland (1994-1995)
Consensus 1995 National Player of the Year with six selections overall … Named ACC Player of the Year after his sophomore season in 1995 and first-team All-ACC after his freshman and sophomore campaigns … Named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1994 … Taken as the No. 1 selection in the 1995 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, and currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
David Thompson, NC State (1973-1975)
A three-time unanimous, consensus first-team All-American … Named the AP National Player of the Year in 1974 and 1975 … UPI Player of the Year, Dunlop Player of the Year, Naismith Award winner, Kodak Award winner in 1975 … ACC Player of the Year in 1973, 1974 and 1975 … Earned MVP honors in 1973 World University Games … ACC all-time scoring leader following his career … Named to All-tournament team in every tournament he ever played in … Was the first pick in the 1975 NBA draft.
Buck Williams, Maryland (1979-1981)
Earned All-America honors in 1981 following his junior season … Currently ranked as the fourth career rebounder on the all-time Maryland charts, behind only Len Elmore, Lonny Baxter and Buck Williams, with 928 total in three seasons … His 61.5 career field goal percentage still stands as a Maryland record … Named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1979 and All-ACC from 1980-81 … Member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team … Taken as the No. 3 pick in the 1981 NBA draft, and went on to be named the 1982 NBA Rookie of the Year before an 18-year career.
Jason Williams, Duke (2000-2002)
Consensus National Player of the Year for the 2001-02 season … two-time NABC National Player of the Year and first repeat winner of a National Player of the Year Award since 1983 … two-time consensus first-team All-American … first-team All-ACC as a sophomore and junior … career averages include 19.3 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 6.0 assists per game and 2.2 steals per game.
James Worthy, North Carolina (1980-1982)
National Player of the Year in 1982 and MVP of the 1982 NCAA Tournament as he led the Tar Heels to the title … Scored 28 points against Georgetown in the national finals … One of seven UNC players to have his jersey number retired … Unanimous first-team All-American in 1982 … ACC Athlete of the Year and first-team All-ACC in 1982 … Averaged 12.5, 14.2 and 15.6 points per game in his three seasons … Number one overall selection in 1982 NBA Draft … Finalist last year for the Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players … Chosen by NCAA panel to All-1980s Team.